Master of Health Leadership & Policy in Clinical Education


Program Description

*The application system opens on January 1st, 2020

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Clinical Education is for health care providers who want to develop their expertise in analyzing practice trends and designing and delivering clinical education to address emerging trends.

The health care sector is facing unprecedented change as a consequence of emerging technologies, new approaches to providing care and shifting demographic profiles. There is a pressing need for highly proficient clinical educators who are able to analyze practice trends, identify learning needs and develop educational strategies to address requirements within a wide array of clinical practice contexts.

As a clinical educator, you are a key member of the leadership team. You must have a strong grounding in clinical practice expertise, and you must lead, manage and inspire teams. With a dual focus on strengthening your skills in the technical aspects of clinical education and deepening your capacity as a leader, this program will help you take your career in new directions.

The MHLP is a 12-month degree starting in January. While 60 per cent of your Clinical Education courses will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

What makes this programme unique?

It only takes 12 months to complete the program and get an MHLP degree. Starting in January, in the Clinical Education program, you will:

  • Deepen your technical skills
  • Sharpen your business skills
  • Develop as a leader
  • Collaborate with industry partners

MHLP students are required to have professional experience before starting the program. That means you will be part of a mature student cohort with a variety of professional and career experiences to draw on when you collaborate on projects with one another. Access to this diversity of knowledge and experience is essential to your development.

Degree Benefits

A Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) degree from UBC gives you the credentials and knowledge to confidently move into positions of greater responsibility or make the shift into a new health-care field.

Explore Best Practices In Clinical Education

Clinical education courses are a rigorous combination of theory and evidence-based practice. You’ll learn how to develop educational strategies to support change within a practice setting and ensure that clinicians within your health-care organization meet practice and accreditation standards across diverse disciplines.

Learn The Language Of Business

Clinical knowledge is not enough. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder School of Business, you’ll gain foundational business skills, improving your understanding of broad-based management concepts.

Understand And Influence Policy

Health-care policies determine how health care is organized and delivered. You’ll explore how health policy informs clinical practice education and learn how to effectively develop and influence policy.

Become A Confident Leader

Leadership development is embedded throughout the program, giving you ongoing opportunities to lead teams and projects and strengthen your interpersonal skills.

Gain A Professional Master’s Degree From A World-class University

UBC is one of the world’s top 40 universities and its programs and professors have a global reputation for excellence. The Faculty of Applied Science is home to one of North America’s premier nursing schools, with notable strengths in the areas of clinical education and seniors care.

UBC Sauder School of Business is ranked first in Canada and 38th in the world for business and management studies, and the school is known for its commitment to rigorous, relevant and experiential teaching.

Expand Your Network

As a student in the MHLP in Clinical Education program, you will grow your personal and professional network by:

  • learning from world-renowned faculty members – health-care educators known for their excellence in research and teaching
  • studying alongside motivated peers who bring a diverse range of work experience and perspectives to the program
  • taking business courses with students from other professional graduate programs in the Faculty of Applied Science – engaged and ambitious professionals in the MHLP in Seniors Care program and students in the multidisciplinary Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) programs

Go Further

Clinical educators who have a deep understanding of best practices in education and are familiar with business concepts are well positioned to lead change in their careers and their organizations. Our graduates will have the knowledge and expertise to confidently move into sought-after positions and new areas of health-care practice.

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with an overall average of 76 %
  • Document proving your current citizenship (usually a passport or other citizenship document from your country) or your Canadian permanent residency

Program Specific Requirements

  • Undergraduate health professional credential (such as in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, dietetics or medicine)
  • Three or more years of relevant work experience

English language requirements

If you completed your degree at a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of your application:

  • If your undergraduate or master’s degree was completed outside Canada at an English speaking university, we will accept an official proof of English proficiency letter from the university stating that the primary language of instruction for your degree was English.
  • If your undergraduate or master’s degree was not taught in English you must provide a valid English language proficiency score:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
      • A minimum score of 90 (internet-based exam), with minimum component scores of 22 [in reading, listening] and minimum component score of 21 [in writing, speaking]
      • Minimum score 55 each for reading, listening, and writing (in the paper-based test), with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0 of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test
  • The English language proficiency tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. If your English language proficiency results are due to expire soon, you need to submit the official results (in addition to the unofficial results submitted with your online application) to The University of British Columbia, Graduate School Admissions department (IELTS) or using code 0965 (TOEFL). Official test results must be received directly from the issuing organization before the 24 month expiry deadline. The department is not responsible for students unable to submit their results after they have expired.
  • Students must submit their official test results directly to UBC via the instructions on the Submitting your Documents in order for your application to be complete.

Career Options

Clinical educators play an essential role in educating pre-licensure clinicians and ensuring the ongoing professional development of practicing professionals. You will develop the tools to create caring and collaborative clinical education environments so that clinicians are able to meet practice standards and deliver responsive, patient-centred care. It expected that graduates would follow careers in education for patient care and professionals, change management, health services program management and leaders in quality, safety and systems improvement.

Last updated Feb 2020

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